Viktor Zubkov, Russian basketball player, Died at 79


Viktor Alekseyevich Zubkov was born on April 24, 1937, and died on October 16, 2016.

He was a Soviet basketball player.

Viktor Zubkov was considered one of the most distinguished players of Soviet and European basketball in the 1950s and 1960s, who won two silver medals at the Summer Olympics for the Soviet national team.

He stood at 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) center, at the club level Zubkov played for CSKA Moscow with whom he won 8 Soviet national league titles (1959–1966) and two European Champions cups (1961 and 1963).

Zubkov was a member for the national team for seven years (1956–1963) he won two Olympic silver medals (1956 and 1960), one world championship Bronze medal in 1963 (in which he was also team captain) and three European championships (1957, 1959, 1961). He was named one of FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1991.

Viktor Zubkov passed away at 79 years old.